How to Use Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere Pro

2013-06-26

Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 is a software designed for video editing. You will need to have enough memory capacity since working with videos may need quite a bit of memory space. Along with enough memory space, you will need to have a video card to assure that videos run fast without cuts or slow pace.

The results you can expect from this program are high quality images and videos, similar to a professional work. Except that you don´t need to be a professional since the program is very easy and fast to use.

As the majority of the programs, there is a full version and a free trial period. Get into the free download page and you´ll be able to use it in a matter of minutes.

Today, we are going to be learning how to achieve a Glidecam look-alike affect without using a Glidecam. Instead, we are going to be using a program from Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 called Warp Stabilizer.

If you don’t have Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, you can also find this effect in After Effects CS5.

Let’s get started! We already have Premiere Pro up and running, and I have the clip I want to apply Warp Stabilizer to right here:

I am going to simply drag my video clip into Premiere Pro, and from there I am going to place it into the Timeline as such:

When I press play on this clip, I realize just how shaky it is. It’s obvious that no Glidecam was used during filming.

All we have to do to remedy this is click on the search bar on the left side of the screen and type in “warp.” This will bring up the Distort folder, which contains our much-coveted Warp Stabilizer feature. The amazing thing about Warp Stabilizer is that it will render your clip stabilized very quickly.

After you find Warp Stabilizer, all you have to do is drag it onto the applicable clip and wait for it to be applied. Because this is a background action, you can continue editing your film while you wait.

After this process is complete, press play on your clip and relish how much smoother it is.

Troubleshooting

However, with the clip that I’m editing, I noticed something else that bothered me: There is now too much zoom.

To get rid of the shakiness, the Warp Stabilizer kind of zoomed in my video a bit, but it’s too much for me. In order to change this, I am going to go to the Effects Control panel and Warp Stabilizer.

There, you’ll find an option called Smoothness. I am going to lower this percentage to 10 because my clip is already pretty smooth, but I don’t want to sacrifice my zoomed out image for extra smoothness.

Just under that option, there is a tab labeled Advanced under which there is a Crop Less option. I am also going to change this to 10.

After making these changes, I pressed play.

Thanks to Premiere Pro, all of the issues I had previously with my clip being too wobbly or too zoomed in seem to have been remedied.